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If I were to go Wii hunting this weekend…

… where should I look? I don’t want to sink a whole lot of effort into it, but I’ve been jonesing for one since they were announced, I’ve got the some cash available, and I’d love to have part Emma and my “Daddy Daughter Weekend Extravaganza” be learning how to play around with Wii Sports or something. She’s three and a half, and isn’t quite coordinated enough for normal game controllers, but I think she’d take to the Wiimote really quickly. Oh, who am I kidding. I just want one! :-)

I follow the gaming blogs, and the “still looking for a Wii” thread in the game forum at Ars, and I know that they’re pretty much not available anywhere, except in bits and spurts. I don’t want to get up super early, go to tons of stores, wait in lines, or pay more than retail. Basically, I’m willing to look a couple of places, and if I don’t find one, no big deal.

So my question is, what couple places should I look in the west Portland/Beaverton area to have the best chance of tracking one down? We have the usual stores – Target, Best Buy, etc. I actually had really good luck getting a PSP at Fred Meyer when they were out of stock everywhere, so I might try there first.

Any suggestions? I dreamed last night that I found one at some store, and snagged it right up before someone else did. The geek lust is high with this one… :-)

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5 thoughts on “If I were to go Wii hunting this weekend…

  1. Justin says:

    Not sure about where to get a Wii in Portland, but I do know that extra controllers are really hard to find as well. You might want to consider pre-ordering the Wii Play game that comes out on the 13th. For 50 bucks you get a remote and 9 mini games. The remote alone would cost you 40 bucks. Ordering the Wii Play so far is the only way that I have been able to get a 2nd remote since all the stores never seem to have them in stock.

  2. mike says:

    I got my wii at the target on TV Hwy a few weeks ago. I paid $1.99 for itrackr notification and it was well worth it, although if I wouldn’t have checked email in the middle of the night (new baby woke me up) I wouldn’t have got it. Went down to the store about 1/2 before they opened and there were 7 people there waiting to get in the store. First 3 guys in line were from Intel too. They had 12 in stock that morning so we all got one. If I’ve seen any pattern it seems they come in stock on the weekends. I suspect sometimes they have them in stock and hold them for Sunday because there are times when itrackr says there is inventory but none is out on the shelf.

    I got my extra controllers at Freddies and they happened to have a bunch that day. I also saw a PS3 at Freddies back when they were still pretty hard to get so it worth checking there in case you decide not to let itrackr do the work for you. I think Freddies is under the radar as far as the notification services goes so sometimes they stick around a bit longer there. Hope this helps.

    BTW, love my Wii.

    Mike

  3. Matt Davis says:

    After “making the rounds” near Washington Square for about a week, I finally broke down about a month ago and bought one from a guy on Craigslist for $25 over retail… Not nearly as bad as the guys charging $100 over + shipping on eBay. I’ve heard that Target and Toys R Us usually get big wads on Sunday morning, but that’s probably as much a non-option for you as it was for me. 😉

    On the extra controllers- a coworker and I both ordered them directly fom Nintendo parts and had them within 2 days (shipped from Redmond). Cost + $5 shipping (total, not per-piece), not a bad deal. I bought two extra remotes and nunchuks from Nintendo- figuring I’ll round out the set when WiiPlay is out.

    Good luck on your hunt! Expect dirty looks from the wife when you spend too long playing Zelda (and this from the “non-gamer” that I am).

  4. Yeah, I might end up going the Craigslist route. They’re not too much over retail, if you’re patient. I actually saw a lady selling one “used” (they had it for a week) for $200. The listing was only 15 minutes old, and the next time I refreshed, it was gone. Someone must have snapped that up right quick!

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